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Cozumel Travel Guide

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Plan Your Cozumel Vacation

It’s not another Cancún yet, but Cozumel’s days as a rustic divers’ hangout are history. Whether arriving by plane or at the island’s gleaming ferry terminal, visitors soon realize there’s nothing deserted about this island.

That has its advantages. It’s rare to find such stunning natural beauty, glass-clear aquamarine seas, and vast marine life

combined with top-flight visitor services and accommodations, and as a result Cozumel’s devotees are legion. Divers sharing stories of lionfish and sharks sit table-to-table with families tanned from a day at the beach club, while Mexican couples spin and step to salsa music in the central plaza. But the elephant in Cozumel’s big and bountiful room is the throngs of cruise-ship passengers who take over the countless crafts and jewelry stores along the seaward boulevard downtown any day there are ships in port—which is to say, just about every day.

Water sports are naturally Cozumel’s biggest draw, especially scuba diving, snorkeling, and fishing. Services and equipment rentals are available throughout the island, especially through major hotels and water-sports centers at the beach clubs.

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Top Reasons To Go

  1. Dive one of the world’s great reefs A rainbow of tropical fish, living coral, and other underwater creatures illuminates the 966-km-long (600-mile-long) Great Maya Reef, stretching from Cozumel to Central America.
  2. Slowing down Lounge poolside, stroll along a white-sand beach, or explore the gardens above and below the waters at Chankanaab. Or just grab a table at a sidewalk café and watch the world go by.
  3. Local food San Miguel’s Plaza Central is a Sunday-evening hot spot for families and couples who gather for music and dancing. Visit during Carnival, the spring Fería del Cedral, or any national holiday, and you’ll find parades, processions, and food stands with seasonal treats.
  4. Mayan sites Take a refresher course on Mayan culture past and present at the Museo de Cozumel, then explore the temples dedicated to Ixchel, the Mayan goddess of fertility and the moon, at San Gervasio.

When To Go

When to Go

Peak Season: November; February and March. Late autumn and early spring bring the best weather, warm and dry—and with it, tourists in droves. You...

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